Rolls-Royce will support the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record attempt project. The British company will give its EJ200 jet engine that powers the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet.
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They hope will get the Bloodhound to a supersonic 1,000 miles per hour.
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Bloodhound SSC is a supersonic car currently in development. Its goal is to attain a 1,000 mph world land speed record. The team aims to break the land speed record with the pencil-shaped car, powered by a jet engine and a rocket designed to reach 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h) together with a Cosworth CA2010 Formula 1 V8 petrol engine auxiliary power unit. It is being developed and built with the intention of breaking the land speed record by 33%, the largest ever margin.
If £15 million of sponsorship funding is obtained the construction should be complete by the end of 2012 and the record attempts should take place in 2013 and 2014. Bloodhound SSC will be tested on the Hakskeen Pan in the Mier area of the Northern Cape, South Africa where a track 20 km long, 500 m wide has been cleared by a local workforce, employed by the Northern Cape Government.
Rolls-Royce sponsors inspiring world land speed record attempt
- Rolls-Royce jet engine powering BLOODHOUND SSC
- First land speed record sponsored by Rolls-Royce
- Rolls-Royce ambassadors helping to inspire future generation of engineers
Rolls-Royce PLC today announced support for The BLOODHOUND Project, an international education initiative focused on a 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. A Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine will be used to propel the car to over 1,000 mph (1,600 kmh or Mach 1.4). Rolls-Royce will also provide financial and technical support for the project.
BLOODHOUND’s global education programme aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians. 56 trained Rolls-Royce BLOODHOUND ambassadors will take part in this programme, assisting school teachers all over the UK to deliver exciting BLOODHOUND themed lessons. The ambassadors will play a key role in helping young people to make positive career choices, by giving real life context to their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Announcing the partnership today at its Filton site, Bristol, Colin Smith CBE, Rolls-Royce Director of Engineering and Technology, said: “Cutting edge engineering keeps Rolls-Royce, and the UK, at the forefront of global business. We understand the fundamental importance of inspiring young people about STEM and know that more needs to be done. Sponsoring BLOODHOUND gives us an opportunity to showcase world-class British engineering and invest in our future.”
Richard Noble OBE, BLOODHOUND Project Director said: “Rolls-Royce’s support of the Programme is invaluable, their highly motivated ambassadors will help us reach many more schools and youth groups across the country. Their experience of working within a first class aerospace company makes them perfect role models for aspiring engineers”.
The Group’s logo will now be displayed on the engine cowlings of BLOODHOUND’s Rolls-Royce built EJ200 jet engine; which, in its normal role, generates 20,000lb 90 kN thrust to power the twin-engined Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.
Currently 5,442 UK primary and secondary schools have signed up to join the BLOODHOUND Education Programme, equating to roughly 2.5 million pupils.